Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): Participants Share Their Hopes

Priscilla Aliu SNDdeNPriscilla Aliu, SNDdeN: I’m looking forward to attending the 60th Commission on the Status of Women in New York. The work of this Commission interests me because of their agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women all over the world. I was impressed by UN Women’s activity in helping Syrian women take active part in peace building at this critical time in their country. Executive Director Ms. Phumzile Mambo-Ngcuka made a visit within weeks to the school in Nigeria where the Chibok girls were kidnapped. She also issued statements on the one-year and 500th day anniversaries of the girls’ disappearance. Actions like these give hope to women and the girl-child globally. I will be focusing on the theme of this year’s conference, “Women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development”, especially how it will affect Africa. My hope is that the CSW activities will be brought to the grassroots for more impact.

Maura Browne SNDdeN

Maura Browne, SNDdeN: My interest in CSW began during my first international experience at the 1985 UN Women’s Forum in Nairobi. My favorite memories are the Peace Tent where women from the USA and USSR were able to pierce the Iron Curtain and share common values; the resilience of women from newly independent Zimbabwe; and planting a Peace Tree at the end of the Forum. Each subsequent visit to the UN provides an opportunity for me to follow the development of the branches of the tree planted in 1985.

Cristina Igoa

Cristina Igoa: I am excited to participate, share my experiences and listen to others speak about elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. I was raised in a culture in the Philippines where often girls were disempowered and not given voice or choice. But today, life is much better. “Girls stand up!” and we have. So women and girls are making a difference in the world.


    We stand behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life.
UN Women, the United Nations Entity
for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women


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